June 2017

OBM Initiative selected as semi-finalist in European Social Innovation Competition 2017

2017-06-07T09:08:22+00:00 June 9th, 2017|English, News, OBMinitiative|

2017 European Social Innovation Competition ‘Equality Rebooted’ to award three €50,000 prizes for the best ideas to spread the benefits of technological change in Europe   Today Open BioMedical Initiative has been selected out of almost 800 applications in the 2017 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition, Equality Rebooted. Open to applicants across European [...]

April 2017

New 3D printed prosthetic arms turn heads at Moscow fashion week

2017-04-02T11:12:54+00:00 April 5th, 2017|English, News|

Earlier this month, Moscow’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week showcased some spectacular 3D printed prosthetic arms made by designer Nikita Replyanski and Russian prosthesis manufacturer Motorica. The 3D printed prostheses, inspired by robots and butterflies, were made using Autodesk Fusion 360. Fashion weeks, whether they’re being held in the “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world or [...]

March 2017

3D printed orthoses could help out children with cerebral palsy

2017-03-25T11:39:22+00:00 March 25th, 2017|English, News|

The lives of families affected by cerebral palsy could soon be made a little easier with the help of 3D printing technology. After the condition caused the tragic death of their son, a couple have set out to improve the medical care of other young sufferers. They have developed a new way to produce body [...]

February 2017

TINA: the new 3D printed hand of the Open BioMedical Initiative presented in Poland

2017-02-02T12:25:34+00:00 February 1st, 2017|English, OBMinitiative, OBMstory|

2017 started with great news! Last week the Open BioMedical Initiative has arrived for the first time in Poland introducing its mission to the public at the Fab Lab in Lodz. The choice of the city was not accidental: in Lodz lives and works Justyna Stasiewicz, the volunteer who recently created a completely new project [...]

December 2016

Smartphone and 3D printed parts combine to create cheap and easy live cell imaging

2016-12-27T08:43:46+00:00 December 27th, 2016|English, News|

Live cell imaging is no longer the stuff of high-end hospitals and research labs. A powerful tool for studying cells, as well as how they respond to different treatments such as drugs or toxins, live cell imaging technology can cost tens of thousands of dollars. The prohibitive price of the tech has been an obstacle [...]

Duke University’s eNABLE chapter pushes boundaries of 3D printed prosthetics

2016-12-11T09:06:35+00:00 December 12th, 2016|English, News|

Two senior students at Duke University are pushing the boundaries of both prosthetics and 3D printing. As the co-founders of Duke’s eNABLE chapter, a group of volunteers that create prosthetics through 3D printing, engineering students Richard Beckett-Ansa and Henry Warder have been innovating for some time now. Yet their most recent collaboration – a prosthetic [...]

Ultra-functional 3D printed prosthesis could monitor blood pressure and heart rate

2016-12-07T23:51:31+00:00 December 8th, 2016|English, News|

A student from Malta is designing an ultra-functional 3D printed prosthetic arm that can monitor blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels. The myoelectric prosthesis would enable its user to perform a range of actions through muscle movement, and would be 3D printed with embedded electronics. With 3D printing being used more and more to [...]

Celprogen 3D prints a pancreas from PLA and human stem cells

2016-12-04T20:26:13+00:00 December 5th, 2016|English, News|

The pancreas is one of the most critical organs in the human body – if something goes wrong with it, it can affect your whole life, or even threaten it. Although it’s a relatively small organ, it plays big roles in digestion and metabolism, and when it malfunctions, it can result in acute life-threatening conditions [...]

Nine-year-old girl to receive new ear thanks to 3D scanning and printing tech

2017-07-13T15:43:55+00:00 December 3rd, 2016|English, News|

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh is using 3D printing technology to make a new ear for nine-year-old Anya Storie. Born with the congenital condition microtia, Anya has always had an underdeveloped right ear which, as a result, has affected her hearing. But thanks to the hospital’s 3D scanning and printing resources, plastic [...]

November 2016

University of Rochester shows new 3D printed medical models for training even bleed

2016-11-30T09:51:23+00:00 November 30th, 2016|English, News|

Throughout the centuries, medical students (and their teachers) have had to be very creative in finding ways to train for surgeries, as well as the most elementary procedures like stitching up wounds. From using cadavers—a rather gruesome but helpful practice—to use of a variety of models with different textures, obviously the best experience is in actually [...]